Incomparable Hilton Head Island

All’s well that ends well! Life has a way of throwing you an occasional curve ball. It’s what you do with the ball when you get it that makes all the difference!

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Happy landing! 15 minutes before we were to arrive at Lake Aire RV Park  in Charleston, South Carolina I got a call saying they made a mistake and didn’t have room for us! We’re heading into the weekend, there is a festival in the area, we are 40 feet and towing so finding a place to call home can be a challenge.

Scrambling to find a new place to stay I find that everything is booked for miles, so we pass on Charleston this time and head to Hilton Head Island. They are thrilled to welcome us at Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina! It couldn’t have been a better boo-boo! Everything works out! It is beautiful here right on the Intracoastal Waterway!

We have a gorgeous view of the marina from our site. We wake to a cool, clear morning and breakfast outdoors is calling our name. It just feels right being in the South, loving the Spanish moss hanging from all the trees, singing: “Do, do, do, lookin’ out our backdoor!” But where’s our boat?

The destruction from Hurricane Matthew was only 5 weeks ago and remnants of the storm still linger. We are so impressed by how this community came to together and cleaned up what one person we met described as “a giant waving his hands and randomly taking out large swaths of trees, rooftops, buildings and plants”.

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The resort was lucky and only suffered minor damage. The storm surge was 8 feet in this area and took out the pool deck, washed up over the pool, a portion of the roof of the restaurant was ripped off and the newly repaired seawall took a hit!

Repairs are still being done but considering the storm, things are looking pretty good!  One of the pools out on the edge of the IntraCoastal Waterway has a beautiful view of the marina on one side and the waterway on the other!

Now it was time to explore the island! The further you get to the coastal tip of the island, the more residual damage you see piled up along the streets.

When we reached the tip of the island, we parked at the Harbor Town Lighthouse and set out on foot, meandering through the shops and park areas. We loved the girl with the hula hoop bronze along the path! And, of course, the Spanish moss hanging from the trees!

The lighthouse stands at the opening to the marina. The whole marina area is filled with shops, restaurants and ice cream parlors. Bright red rocking chairs are scattered around town in front of the shops where to can kick back and watch the action in the harbor. We could only imagine sitting here in the summer time, licking an ice cream cone and watching people ad yachts go by. But not today. It was quite chilly and soup felt more comforting than ice cream on a day like this!

We had planned to bike on the trails that wind all through town. Sadly, the Sea Pines bike trails were closed to everything but foot traffic, at your own risk that is. Downed trees still lined the streets.

So biking was out, but walking was not. A brisk stroll on the bike path lead us to the Shops at Sea Pines for lunch. Truffles Cafe was just the ticket with a steamy hot chicken pot pie capped in a buttery puff pastry. We’ve never had broccoli in a pot pie before, but it was a tasty addition.

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Have you ever driven through a neighborhood, admired the homes and asked, “I wonder what these people do for a living?” or “I wonder who lives here?” Well now we know that in parts of Sea Pines, “Alligators may live here!”

Back for the evening at the resort we found the perfect spot for us to relax and unwind a bit. Right on the resort property was a fine dinning restaurant called Sunset Grille. After a day of wandering around the island we popped in for a light, fun sampling of appetizers, wine and dessert. Sometimes you need to eat off the favorite parts of the menu!

The dining room is small and intimate. It overlooks the marina with a fantastic sunset view, if you get there on time. It just so happens they had a huge bottle of our favorite everyday wine, Bogle Essential Red, on display from a wine maker dinner they recently held.

Our appetizer selections were: Basil Champagne Salad ~ Artisan greens, basil champagne vinaigrette, tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, hearts of palm and white cheddar. Portobello Caprese ~ Portobello mushroom baked with tomato, mozzarella and basil oil. Lump Crab Cake ~ with a delicate lemon caper cream sauce.

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What’s a little sampling without dessert? We finished off with a White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and the rest of our Maggio Petite Syrah. Satisfied? Yes we were!

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